In medieval times, soldiers on campaign would eat mostly stew, because it was easy to make and one could forget what was in it; if food was scarce, it was best not to ask. Rarely were ladles available, so soldiers would just dip their soup bowls (usually made of wood) into the pot. Somewhere along the line, someone decided to add a handle to their soup bowl to make it like a ladle that one could eat out of. This design still exists today in products like the 12 oz Handled Soup Bowl (7420). Only, these days, a kitchen worker ladles the soup into the bowl for the customer, and soldiers either eat field rations or in a cafeteria. Gone are the days of huddling around campfire, stirring a pot of questionable stew.